Friday, March 7, 2014

Vintage Blackboard DIY….Yes, you can!

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Happy Friday! I hope that you are having an AWESOME day!

You know I LOVE creating crafts and art with recycled things so when a found a BIG piece of packing cardboard floating around the house…well, I had to CREATE something! Anything! So I got colourful and had a LOT of fun!!! photo (1)Supplies: -BIG piece of brown recycled cardboard

A very QUICK replay of how what I created! VERY QUICK!


The video above shows you VERY quickly the steps I took. Yup, there’s an APP for that! *grin* Basically, I gave the cardboard a  nice coat of black gesso and then using the Dutch Doobadoo Stencils and Maimeri -gloss medium, I created my background pattern. After applying the medium you can let it air dry or if you are impatient like me, you can use a heat gun. I just can’t wait to continue CREATING so I LOVE my heat gun! I then rubbed on Viva Decor – Inka-Gold over the stencilled areas. I then used Metalic PanPastels to rub onto the stencil areas to achieve a vintage look. I LOVE to mix products, mediums, and colors to see the effects that I can achieve! I then used PanPastels to create a velvety look to my leaves. photo (3)Using Gelatos I lightly drew in my colors and then using my Kuretake watercolour brush I moved the colours around till I was happy. To create extra shadows and textures I used PanPastels and did everything from lightly applyling with a applicator to rub in to the creases with a rag. Using the Kuretake – ZIG White Opaque Writer I wrote my message, and outlined and highlighted the whole piece. SO easy and fun! photo

Aren’t the colours and textures so FAB!!!

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Now I have a new happy piece of art for my dining room as I ‘patiently’ wait for spring!

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Other things in the News….

Thank-you SO much for all of your WONDERFUL comments on my birthday post!!! I sat there reading every post with tears rolling down my cheeks because I could relate to everyone of your beautiful stories. Thank-you SO much for sharing! I can’t tell you how much it meant to me!

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.”
C.S. Lewis

  The  Let’s Celebrate blog post winner that was randomly picked is Marilyn Ritchie. CONGRATULATIONS Marilyn!

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geese flying

Have a BEAUTIFUL week-end and remember, if you spread your wings you will fly!



Susan xo


  1. Wow, I would NEVER had thought you used a piece of cardboard and black gesso for that beautiful home decor project! LOVE it!

  2. Stunning artwork Susan...beautiful post!!!
    Love and hugs
    Tracy xxxxx


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